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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Pony Canyon
  • MSRP: 18800
  • Running time: 530
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Magic Knight Rayearth

Magical Knight Rayearth Memorial Box Set

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Magical Knight Rayearth Memorial Box Set
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The Review!
This is the first DVD Box set I have purchased from Japan since it was one of the cheapest anime DVD sets available. I had never seen a single episode of Magic Knight Rayearth and only was told mixed opinions at my local anime club about the series. 'Curiosity killed the cat'.
The story involves a typical 'save the world' plot and relies heavily on character development. The three heroines -Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji- find themselves suddenly transported to the world of Cefiro. Cefiro was a world of magical peace, but was overcome by evil minions and monsters. Cefiro is now in chaos and the three girls must defeat their encounters to become Magic Knights, for only the combined powers of the Knights can hope to challenge the evil priest, Zagato, and so save the Princess and Cefiro from oblivion.

The box set was released in Japan back in mid-April and contained 20 TV episodes of the first season on 4 discs, 5 episodes per DVD. Each disc is held in a jewel case and encased in hard cardboard box. Also included on each disc is a compilation of various extras from credit less opening/ending sequences to a Sega game commercial based on Rayearth. The amount of extras definitely rivals that of the recent Tenchi Encyclopedia release by Pioneer.

The Japanese soundtrack is in Dolby Digital 2.0 and is clear and crisp. The video quality on the other hand is questionable. On the first disc, there was a more than acceptable amount of dust speckles in the video, which gave the episodes and old-fashioned feel. However, as I moved on to the proceeding discs, the speckles were decreasing substantially but were still noticeable.

There were two main reasons why I bought this set, the price and just plain curiosity. I won on the front of 'price' but lost miserably to 'curiosity'. The price was very good for what its worth. The total for each disc in the box set calculated out to approximately 38 dollars (USD). As the average price for a single DVD in Japan retails for about 50 dollars which made the box set attractive. The actual show, on the other hand, was a disappointment. I did not like the comic relief bits (SD sequences) added spontaneously throughout certain key plot developments in the show. Rayearth had the makings of a 'serious' plot with bad comical breaks to be blunt. SD characters are not my cup of tea.

Media Blasters currently purchased the rights for the entire series and should be releasing the first season by the month of September on VHS. Unfortunately, the company's response to a possible DVD release is inconclusive and would only be resolved after the entire first season release.

The box set is everything a collector would expect from DVD, a series evenly distributed on 4 discs and packed with a plethora of extras. If you're a Rayearth fan, this is definitely a must for your collection. If not, don't bother thinking about it. I learned my lesson.

Features
Japanese Language,Option to auto skip OP/END/"Next episode" and digest in beginning of each episode,Rayearth "Special" digest episode,Separate credit less Opening and Ending,Merchandise commercials,All "Next episode" clips collected,Episode Guide to each episode,Tons of conceptual drawings,Production notes

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